Jackdaw

Narrated by: Cornell Collins
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.7 out of 5 stars (338 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you stop running, you fall.

Jonah Pastern is a magician, a liar, a windwalker, a professional thief...and for six months, he was the love of police constable Ben Spenser's life. His betrayal left Ben jailed, ruined, alone, and looking for revenge.

Ben is determined to make Jonah pay. But he can't seem to forget what they once shared, and Jonah refuses to let him. Soon Ben is entangled in Jonah's chaotic existence all over again, and they're running together - from the police, the justiciary, and some dangerous people with a lethal grudge against them.

Threatened on all sides by betrayals, secrets, and the laws of the land, the policeman and the thief must find a way to live and love before the past catches up with them....

©2015 K. J. Charles (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Fly me to the moon

This was wonderful. This was just after the end of the third book Of the Magpie lord adventures. Its about Jonah The wind walker and Ben. What a great sequence to these great books . Highly Recommend the entire series , exellent narration, superb writing amazing storie

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Perfect Second Chance Romance

I've read or listened to most of Charles's books and enjoyed them all. I think this one is the best. Part of the Magpie universe but perfectly readable on its own, Jackdaw is a exemplar of the Second Chance Romance. The lies and betrayals that initally separate the couple seem insurmountable obstacles to the HEA. But though the characters poor choices have dire consequences, they also have realistic understandable motivations. So you can't help but root for the couple as they find their way back to each other.

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Magnificent!

This story brought me to my knees. Abandonment, betrayal, redemption, and love, so much love. I was crying hard by the end, and I don't cry. KJ Charles is amazing! Cornell is a joy to listen to. I have been buying up every KJ Charles audio and ebook I can find😊

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Gorgeous book, beautiful narration

Possibly my favorite KJC book. It doesn't matter how often I read or listen (and I adore listening) to this book, I am always finding new things to love. The scene in the bar at the end is masterful and so very funny. The only other single scene I've enjoyed so much is in A Gentleman's Position when everyone plays out David's plans. I am always brought to happy tears by the end of this book as well. Audio: I love this narrator, I love how distinct his voices are, and the emotion he puts into his portrayal. Plus, he has a wonderful voice. I admit his choices are some times questionable, but I'm also assuming he was either given no direction for the voices or given bad direction.

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~Walk on Air Against your Better Judgment~ S.H.

When I thought , KJ Charles couldn't write a story , I would love as much or/and more than Lucian and Stephen; the first three books of the A Charm of Magpies series. Here comes Ben Spencer , Jonah Pastern and their story Jackdaw, and I am once again swept into this extraordinary world building and crying my heart out ; because , this tale gave me all the feels. I adore this heartfelt, emotional, intimate sweet , magical book. Cornell Collins narration made it all real for me. He was faultless.

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A True Underdog Reform Story

Jonah was just precious. it really made me want to shake Stephan, but that us what happens when we don't take into account what others lives may have been like. I wasn't sure if I'd like a book not about the Magpie Lord exclusively, but this is a great addition to the storyline.

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Amazing!

I loved this installment! It was lovely to see how Jonah grew and how Ben learned to see from a different perspective to better understand his lover. The reappearance of some fun characters yielded some surprising changes in the story worth reading! Would definitely recommend if you love this series and if you want to have a small peek of Lord Krane and Mr. Day from the outside looking in.

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The Victorian era was rough for the poor

The narrator is amazing. I will seek him out in the future. His performance, voices and dialects are outstanding. He completely elevates the already very good material. It was difficult to listen to this, after listening to the original trilogy. The original 'Magpies' trilogy involved a titled gentleman with wealth and influence. So even though it was very illegal to love a man then, the lovers were insulated from the law, and had resources and comfort. But in this story the couple was lower-class, and suffered for it. It was actually fascinating to learn about life then when you're not a Lord. These societal realities made it a rather sad story during the middle 80% of the book. The ending was satisfying, if a bit fantastical, and it redeemed the whole experience. But be aware you'll be suffering along with our antihero main couple during much of the book in this one. I haven't read a lot of romance novels, but I suspect this series is well above average in key literary factors such as character development, world-building, dialogue, vocabulary, dialect, the inclusion of realistic details, and other things that make it an immersive and believable experience.

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The BEST series ever ❤️❤️

I absolutely love everyone of these books! This one got me in the happy feels and almost made a tear fall. Which in itself, is hard to do because I’m not an emotional person and I refuse to cry. Ever. This was maybe the most beautiful love story out of the series so far and that’s saying something. The narrator is amazing and I’m so glad I found this pairing! I’ve already started the next book and see that it’s the last in the series. I will definitely be looking for more from both author and narrator! Again, LOVE! Don’t pass these up. So glad I’ve gotten to listen one after the other due to the Escape package. However, definitely worth a credit. Any day.

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excellent story

you find yourself rooting for someone you thought was a bad guy. a real underdog gets a happy ending.

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  • Jamtart
  • 07-16-18

Not as good

A litte bit of spoiler in this reveiw. Have highlighted it just in case.... I loved the first 3 books of the magpie world. all 3 of them gripped me from start to finish. So I was excited when I saw that the story continued from a different view point and characters. But for me, this book was weak, dull and just went nowhere. The start was great and thrilling but once they were on the run, it felt like the same story of Ben mopping about and J asking for forgiveness all the time. MINI SPOILER..... Nothing excited happened in a thrilling way BUT what i did like was them falling back in love again. The ending felt rushed and too Disney like ending. Please don't get me wrong, I'm happy of the ending but, it just was too sugary happy and nice nice nice. END OF SPOILER......... Plus also, I do cringe at the sex parts. Man on man sex isn't like that at all. I get it that it's a fantasy but as a gay man himself, it did make me tut a bit. If only it was that easy. Lol. As always the reader was spot on. Although 1 thing that I struggled with, Ben and J sounded very alike so at times I struggled to understand who was talking. BUT that didn't take away the story and I can't wait to hear the next book. Just hope it's a bit more gripping.

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  • Chriss
  • 05-13-20

I love this book.!

Heart-wrenching and heart-warming by turn. Villain turned hero, true love and friendship. It's all here.

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  • Adam Pritchett
  • 08-23-18

Brilliant spin off!

I am a big fan of the Charm of Magpies series and I was so looking forward to a spin off of the main storyline characters. I so quickly grew to love Jonah and Ben, and the cross over parts with the central characters from the other books were so good. There was less drama and heavy plot lines than some of the other books but I loved it just as much!

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  • spencear
  • 06-14-18

out on a limb.

It's a chancey thing to do, swoppimg character's mid set of books, but K. J. Charles fleshes out a fresh direction with skill. A wonderful addition to the Flight of Maggpie' so world.